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Connecting with the Force

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Why "the Force" in the title instead of "Divine Spiritual Energy"?
Well, although this article used the latter instead of 'the Force', I still think we can ALL learn to touch that 'Greater Power'... which ever name we give it. God, Goddess Buddah, Tao, Nature, All-That-Is, the Force -- no matter the 'title' used, we all reach out to touch and be touched by those powers we hold as 'beyond' the ordinary. This particular essay / exercise uses DSE but, one could easily enough substitute 'the Force' or 'DSE' or 'God/dess' or whatever so it 'feels right' for you.

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From Energy for Life, by Colleen Deatsman


Sit in quiet contemplation in your nature place or in a soft space where you will not be disturbed. Open your mind and relax. Observe, notice, and feel everything that you experience. Focus your attention on your feelings, and open up all of your senses to experience your meditation. Allow any distracting thoughts to drift away. Notice them and let them go.

Sit quietly and observe yourself. See, sense, feel, and experience everything about yourself, inside and out. Ask Spirit to come and be with you. If you know who your Spirit Guides are, invite them to come and sit with you. If you worship or work with certain Religious Deities, ask them to come and sit with you.

What do you see, sense, or feel? Who or what is the Spirit Energy that is with you? Does it have a form or a body? Does it give you a sense or a feeling? Notice its attributes and characteristics. Is there any light emanating from it? Is there more than one? What colors do you see? Sense and feel their energy.

Sense and feel your own energy. What do you feel physically? What do you feel emotionally? What do you sense inside of your body? Is there any energy movement? What do you sense outside of your body? Is there any energy movement?

Sometimes Spirit works with the elements. Do you notice any elements? Do any of the elements blend together?

Relax, look deeper, and continue to observe for a while. Allow yourself to sense and feel everything about the Spirit Energies around you, and the empty space in between. Allow yourself to sense and feel all of your emotions and the empty space in between. Allow yourself to sense and feel the physical energy of your body and the empty space in between. Breathe deeply of this energy. Notice your sensations.

Now close your eyes. Allow the power of the Spirit Energies and your inner wisdom to bubble forth. Relax, focus, and feel. Open up to feeling all of the energy moving around and through you. Allow questions and answers to form in and out of your thoughts.

Questions like: Do the Spirit Energies affect my energy level? Do the Spirit Energies affect my chakras? Are they open and spinning? What am I feeling in the chakra locations? Do I feel energy moving around and through me? Do the Spirit Energies affect the different layers of my energy field? Can I feel these? Can I see these? What colors do I see, feel, or sense? What messages do the Spirit Energies have to share with me? Is there any wisdom that the Spirit Energies would like to share with me? If so, what? What healing energies do the Spirit Energies have to share with me?

Stay in this place in contemplation for as long as you have time, asking your own questions of yourself. When you are ready, take in a deep breath and allow yourself a few moments to shift your awareness back to ordinary life and fully integrate back into your body.

Write your thoughts and your feelings in your journal.

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See, the IJRS is not the only place that thinks journaling is important! :cheer:

Can file this under 'Meditation 101 subset 13943958' since I bet many of our resident practitioners can give their variants on this exercise.

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Maybe this should be under 'Esoterics' instead of here.
Never know sometimes...
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Life is filled with 'miracles' and 'magic' if one is willing to look for it. I have had more than a few friends who have gone beyond 'normal' and opened my eyes to some weird and wonderful concepts and happenings. Through it all, I must say -- it's not a big secret when it comes to connecting -- to the Force / Source / whatever you wish to call 'it'. Here is the 'simple seven' --

1. Realize that there are no real "secrets" to the Force

The keys to successful manifestation are apparent and obvious if you know where to look for them. These clues are not actually secret or hidden. It is simply that in our Western culture we are not taught where and how to look for manifestations of all things wyrd.

To discover more of the Force in your life, you can ask yourself, "If I knew where to look for the Force in my daily life, where would I look?" Then, let go and allow whatever unfolds to unfold.

Pay attention to whatever occurs that is fresh and different in your everyday life. By paying attention to what is new, you will find 'magical' happenings. The miracles will occur outside your old frame of reference and expectation.

2. Learn to "see beyond"

If you look at the surface appearance of the world, you will only perceive what you "think" is there. For instance, if after first glance, you have decided your car keys are not on the hall table, then you will not be able to observe them lying there. The mind can play some pretty shifty tricks with 'what is reality'. But if you decide instead to focus your perception on what "might possibly" be on the hall table, you will greatly increase the probability that you will be able to see the keys lying there.

Similarly, if you only look at the superficial appearance of your world, you will only perceive what you have been told (or told yourself) to notice. You will not (can not) perceive anything else because you have been told (programmed) to believe it is not there. ("it" being those quirky coincidences) But if you direct your perception toward what is there that "you have not been told about," you will greatly increase the range of possibility of what you can see. In my experience with friends, only the people who genuinely allow for the possibility of levitation are able to see a person levitate when it actually happens in their presence.

Also, if you focus your perception on what you can "see" (feel) behind the surface appearance of things, you will perceive a whole magical world of pure energy. When you play with the creating energy patterns behind the surface "object" reality, the apparent world becomes infinitely malleable. It is much easier to heal a bone that you perceive as made of densely packed energy than it is to heal a bone you hold in mind as solid, hard, rigid physical matter.

3. Look past the obvious and normal

If you direct your attention to what is "obscured by the obvious and normal," you will be able to perceive a world of fresh and different possibility. You can consciously decide to "override" your conditioned perceptional filters by deliberately deciding to only look for what is new and different. Then you will see options that were always there, but you did not see before because you were not looking for them

For example, if you are brought up in a culture (ancient and native societies) in which it is "normal" to perceive the spirits of deceased loved ones, then it will be easy for you to see them. In these cultures it is not only socially acceptable to see dead relatives, it is socially expected! Even as late as the Middle Ages it was common and perfectly acceptable for people in Europe to see angels and ghosts.

If you are raised in a culture (the modern West) in which people are labeled "crazy" if they see angels or "spooks," then you either are not be able to perceive other dimensional beings (out of self preservation) or you will actually see them but keep your mouth shut!

But, honestly, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." This saying is attributed to Freud. Not sure but let us go with the intended thought. Not everything is ooky spooky weirdness. There is 'normal' out in the world. Just be open to the concept that, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." - Hamlet ( 1.5.167-8 ), Hamlet to Horatio (Shakespeare)

4. Stalk the unusual
If you look for what is "out-of-the-ordinary," you will perceive a whole different world of opportunities. Look for what is "out-of-sequence," what is "out of context" and "out of character."

Decide to notice what is "outside-the-box"-- that is, outside your regular realm of experience. If you look into that "empty" space with openness, innocence of expectation and welcoming surprise, you will be rewarded with unexpected (magical) occurrences!

5. Look in the "gaps"

As you conceive, so you shall perceive. If you conceive of the world as individual, separate objects -- as we are conditioned to in Western culture -- you will only perceive individual, separate objects. But, if, instead, you look at the "gap" or space between these objects, you will "see" into the energy field that connects all "separate" objects. This magical space is void of human thought form -- that is, free of conditioned perceptional filters.

Seeing into the energy field of the Gap, you have entry into the world of free-flowing, flexible, fluid energy reality. It is much easier to make radical changes in this fluid reality that you know is connected to you energetically -- than it is to alter a rigid "objective" reality that you feel is separate from you.

"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." -- Obi Wan Kenobi, SW IV


6. Feel into the void

If you feel into the "creative void," you discover a dynamic powerhouse of creative energy that we are all actually already using unconsciously to manifest our dreams. However, a person seeking the Force uses this creative energy consciously, deliberately, to attract what the one desires in life. The ordinary programmed (asleep) person does not know how to tap into this "hidden" creative energy.

7. Feel from your heart space

If you feel into the creative void with your heart, you will have the power to invest your dreams with enough creative energy to actually manifest your dreams in the real, physical world (money, career, body, relations). If you use only the meager power of your mind, you will not generally have sufficient creative energy to physicalize, materialize, your goals.

Mental thoughts, affirmation and positive thinking are helpful, but very limited in the amount of creative power they can provide to materialize your dreams. The heart space, however, is the center of our very being. It has all the creative power necessary to manifest all the aspiration of your soul.

And, 'manifesting' / visualizing works best when coupled with focused intent and actions -- 'define your goal' / 'visualize your goal and how to go about reaching it' / 'make it happen' thought actions -- the trinity which makes 'miracles' happen.

A Few Helpful Hints

You might say, "This all sounds attractive -- but very challenging (hard)!" You might feel that these seven secrets to accessing the Force sound exciting, but tricky to put into successful practice.

Here are three approaches to allow yourself to attract more of the Force in your life:

A ) Consciously decide to "temporarily suspend your normal conditioned state of disbelief." In the West, "temporary insanity" is an acceptable legal defense that will keep you from being locked away!

B ) Be willing to be open to the possibility that something could occur outside your "normal" realm of expectation or experience.

C ) Have fun! Play with the universe and the universe will play back! Even Jedi should laugh and smile each day.

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